A lot of farmers distress in 2017 also occurred because they were not able to sell their produce at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) assured by the government. Ultimately the produce were sold at much lower rates in local mandis and some remained even unsold in the cold storage. This year we expect the Govt to make provisions of purchasing the total output from farmers on fixed MSP. Apart from that, we also request for special emphasis to be put on issues like proper storage facilities, available at low cost, and micro-irrigation technique for agriculture, which in return will help in enhancing the livelihood of farmers. Currently 60% of Indian agriculture is still dependent on rains and 40% land gets irrigation facility. Govt must bring more acreages under irrigation facility to improve farmers yield.
As India is moving to digitization we should now transfer the latest technology to the farmers for modernizing farming. The Agriculture Department should provide the latest technology to the farmers to increase their output and profitability. Further, we would request govt to focus on improving infrastructure at village so that the farmers do not migrate from village to city. Lastly, we would also expect early implementation of reduced corporate tax of 25%.
MK Dhanuka, Managing Director, Dhanuka Agritech Ltd.